A 55sqm Space with Digital Theme

Futuristic references complete this well-designed starter home

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Paolo Feliciano Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave Styling: Issa Villar and Paula de Guzman Interior Designer: Melissa Arriola

When couple Chrissy and Bart Dalusong got their condo unit, it was like any other small space. But after designing, renovating, and adding personal touches, it’s now a space that mirrors their personalities and the different facets of their lives.

Since they both work in the digital industry, it’s not surprising that they chose to decorate their home with pieces representing their chosen field. The unit is peppered with items like the QR code area rug and the catchy metal “@” décor. It’s interesting to note that even though these pieces are pleasing to the eye, these weren’t added just for the sake of display. Chrissy, a social media manager, shares that décor pieces added to the space are either functional or something that means something to them.

To address their small space issue, they got in touch with interior designer Melissa Arriola who was also Chrissy’s schoolmate in high school. Melissa then considered their lifestyle, habits, and priority areas in the unit. It took two months to complete the house and the couple is more than happy with the result. 

Read the original article ("Digital Hub") in the February 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Living Area

A QR code area rug, digital clock, and pixel pillowcases are among the pieces that make up the “subtle digital theme” of the couple’s living area. The orange wall has glass-enclosed niches where Chrissy and Bart’s toy collections are displayed.

Living Area Detail

The opposite corner of the living area features the custom-made shelves that serve as storage for Chrissy and Bart’s books. The metal “@” sign is another décor that means something to the couple who are both in the digital industry. 

Accent Wall

Bart came up with the bright idea of putting the words and phrases from their wedding vows into their accent wall. “Yung mga script, from my vows, then yung mga sans serif, from his vows. That’s why it’s our wall,” says Chrissy. In the middle is a glass cabinet that holds the couple’s mementos, like travel souvenirs and other tokens, from their shared experiences.  


The couple considers the kitchen as one of the most challenging areas of the unit. It was because they couldn’t do so much about the kitchen counter and cabinets, which already existed when the unit was turned over to them. Thankfully, their interior designer had something in mind. The mosaic backsplash, on the other hand, was the couple’s idea to coincide with the unit’s digital theme.

Kitchen Detail

The custom-made L-shaped counter, which separates the kitchen from the living area, was the idea of interior designer Melissa Arriola. It provides additional prep space and storage. The console adjacent to the counter, which functions as the couple’s dining table, is just the right size for the unit’s tight space.


An airy and homey retreat sans the digital elements is what the couple’s bedroom looks like. Quirky details, like a framed Toki Doki poster and Star Wars Millennium Falcon toy, mirror the couple’s personalities. 

Bedroom Detail

Gold-ish stripes break the monotony of the white walls. The dresser at the foot of the bed is custom-made, like many of the furnishings in the unit.


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